Annual General Meeting
The annual general meeting is being held several months late this year. There
are a variety of executive positions to be filled this year. Positions with a two
year term are Competition Director, Secretary and Treasurer. As this goes to
press our President and Chief Range Officer are planning to step down half way
through their terms, so each of those positions will up for a one year term.
It is quite a while since we have had a new face on the executive and we could
certainly use an infusion of new people and ideas. Unlike previous years we have
more people willing to stand than there are positions! So far we have the
following nominations for:
President - Dave Bartlett Chief Range Officer - Denny Galli
Secretary - Carol Oliver Competition Director - Brian Milne
Treasurer - André Chevrier
Of course, nominations can also be made from the floor at the meeting.
Greg Oliver will continue to assist his wife Carol with the Secretary’s job and
sit on the executive as Past-President.
Dave indicates that if he is elected, he is planning to have monthly executive
meetings and establish several committees to share the workload of projects
such as bringing the rifle range up to current standards, getting the shotgun
range up and running and getting more activities going for the membership to
give them more opportunities to interact and enjoy various forms of target
practice. If you are interested in taking part in these activities, please attend
the meeting! Brian Milne (Brian@eohc.ca), who active members will recognize
from various work parties and match set up crews, is already recruiting for a
The Annual General Meeting will be held at the restaurant on the corner of
Russell Road and Drouin Road, just down the road from the ranges. I won’t give
the name of the restaurant as it changes frequently. The meeting will be on
Sunday, February 17th at 2:00 PM.
Where has the Newsletter Been?
Our apologies to the members who are not on the Club’s
email distribution list. This is the first hard copy
newsletter since last June. Dave Bartlett, who edits these
newsletters, changed jobs last summer. He is now working
in an area that was greatly affected by the events of
September 11th and had his schedule wrecked last Fall.
The majority of members are on the internet distribution
list and have been kept up to date with short bulletins
every couple of weeks. If you have access to e-mail please
sign up for the distribution list. Send an email to
NEWS@EOHC.ca with the text “subscribe EOHCNEWS”
in the subject field and you will be added to this list
automatically. Also be sure to check the website regularly.
Membership Fees for 2002
An individual renewal is $100 plus $35 for the Canadian
Shooting Sports Association (formerly the Ontario
Handgun Association). Please send one check payable to the
EOHC for $100 and a separate check payable to the CSSA
for $35 will cover your. A family membership is $110 for
the EOHC plus $60 for the CSSA. There is a CSSA
membership renewal form on the back page of this
newsletter, please send it in with your check.
Bullseye Shooting Team Members
The EOHC team shot against the Royal Military College
team for its first match of the Ottawa Valley Pistol League
season. While they had us outnumbered, pound for pound
it was a tie! Seriously, we actually put in a reasonable
showing and the results were close. If you would like to get
involved, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Scott at
821-0316. We shoot one-two evenings a month throughout
the winter. To be frank, none of us expect to win a thing.
We have managed to come dead last three years in a row,
but it is fun! Don’t worry about dragging our team score
down - only the top four scores count in each match. If you
own a .22 target pistol and a centre fire pistol of virtually
any description, you too can play! Even if you don’t own a
gun you can borrow one for the matches which are held at
the RA Centre. Costs are a couple of dollars per shoot to
cover the cost of donuts and coffee.
A number of people have expressed an interest in learning
more about ammunition reloading. If enough people are
interested, we can see about having an introductory three
hour clinic run on the topic of reloading handgun ammunition
on a progressive press. Reloading is a great way to save
money if you shoot a lot and it’s not that hard to learn how.
Send an email to Dave@eohc.ca or give him a call at 443-
0749 if you would like to take part. There is a good
introduction to reloading on the club’s website, check it out.
Club Safety Course
If you would like to meet some new members, drop out to
the club around midday during a safety course. If you would
like to come out for a little show and tell session, drop on
by. The new members who are waiting for firearms licences
are also welcome to come out and borrow a gun. If you can,
bring a little extra ammunition and let people try your gun.
Given the lack of gun shops in this area, it really helps new
members decide what to buy if they have a chance to try a
few different models.
We could really use some more instructors in the club so
that we could offer courses on a monthly basis. We are
still waiting for a date for a CSSA course to certify more
Club Level Handgun Safety Instructors. If you’re
interested in lending a hand with training new members,
contact Dave Bartlett to sign up.
2002 Membership Cards
The 2002 combination numbers are now in use on the gate
and clubhouse. If you have renewed, but don't yet have a
2002 card, contact email@example.com. For members who
reside in Ontario, Carol usually sends the new membership
card out with your ATT when she receives that from the
OPP. Members who live in Quebec should get their cards in
the mail shortly after sending in their renewal fees. If you
get your ATT from another club or need access to the
range prior to getting your ATT, contact her at the email
address above or give her a call at 613-487-3093. If you
can wait for your card, that will save time and postage
expenses for the Secretary.
Work Parties, Past and Future
Thanks to those of you who have already been out and
helped with one or more of the work parties held in 2001.
The vast majority of members still have yet to come out for
a work party. On the bright side, unlike the springtime
work parties you won't have to worry about bugs, sunburn
or heatstroke if you lend a hand this winter!! There is more
brush to clear in order to prepare the rifle range for the
construction of side berms. The guys who were out in
December did an amazing job considering they only had one
functioning chain saw!
Anyone looking for a holster should check out the new Uncle
Mike kydex holsters. You can order them for about $15 US
from http://www.midwayusa.com. I recently picked one up
for my Glock 17 at R. Nicholls on 850 Industrial in Ottawa
for $27.65, and couldn't believe what a slick holster it is -
perfect for starting in IPSC or just carrying your gun
around on the range. The paddle version has a limited angle
adjustment while the belt version just has a straight up and
down carry position.
Muscle Building for Pistol Shooters
I thought I would let you, my friends, in on a little secret
I've found for building my arm and shoulder muscles. You
might wish to adopt this regimen 3 days a week.
I start by standing outside behind the house and, with a 5
pound potato sack in each hand, extend my arms straight out
to my sides and hold them there as long as I can. After a
while I moved up to 10 pound potato sacks, then 50 pound
potato sacks and finally I got to where I could lift a 100
pound potato sack in each hand and hold my arms straight
out for more than a full minute!
This was real work, but the results were worth it! Next, I
started putting a few potatoes in the sacks, but I would
caution you not to overdo it at this level.
What is SASS?
The Single Action Shooting Society ®
(http://www.sassnet.com/) is an international organization
created to preserve and promote the sport of Cowboy
Action Shooting. SASS® members share a common interest
in preserving the history of the Old West and competitive
Cowboy Action Shooting is a multi-faceted shooting sport in
which contestants compete with firearms typical of those
used in the taming of the Old West: single action revolvers,
pistol caliber lever action rifles, and old time shotguns. The
shooting competition is staged in
a unique, characterized, "Old
West" style. It is a timed sport in
which shooters compete for
prestige on a course of different
shooting stages. Each scenario,
as they are called, features an array of situations, many
based on famous incidents or movies scenes, in which the
shooters must test their mettle against steel targets.
As the game of Cowboy Action Shooting has evolved, our
members have developed and adopted an attitude towards
their participation called "The Spirit of the Game." It is a
code by which we live. Competing in "The Spirit of the
Game" means you fully participate in what the competition
asks. You try your best to dress the part, use the
appropriate competition tools, and respect the traditions of
the Old West. Some folks would call it nothing more than
good sportsmanship. We call it "Spirit of the Game."
Several EOHC members have indicated an interest in SASS.
To get this started at our club all we need is a volunteer to
form a committee. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would
like to get the ball rolling.